In the Green Room: Home and Art

“Green is a soothing color, isn’t it? I mean Gryffindor rooms are all well and good but the trouble with red is — it is said to send you a little mad — not that I’m casting aspersions .” 
― Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two


Harald Sohlberg (Norwegian, 1869-1935), Ripe Fields, 1891-98. 

Oil on canvas, 73 x 116 cm.


Garden Green


“Listen to me. I will spill my insides for you once only. We were three—I am the green, the
growing, the day. I loved the moon, the silver night, and he loved the sunshine, fierce and hot, and she
loved me because the sun must love the day. And the sun and I stood in a valley of stone and faced
death, because we wanted to spare the night, who had suffered a thousand deaths already, and we didn’t
want him to bleed any more. But he would not allow it. He swooped from the sky and clenched death
in both hands, and we wore his blood like skin.” 
― Amy Lane, Wounded

Mobili Opéra by Sgn Collection from Italy

Stripes of Benjamin Moore white and blue paints enliven a daughter’s bedroom in a California home; the curtains are trimmed with a Samuel & Sons border, and an Alan Campbell pattern covers the chairs, ottoman, and bench.

ARCHITECT: Charlie Barnett

DESIGNER: Miles Redd


Tinus van Doorn (Dutch, 1905-1940), Self Portrait with Gerrit the Squirrel, 1937.

 Oil on canvas, 185 x 125 cm.

A bluestone walkway leads through the flower garden of the Millbrook, New York, weekend home of architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Katie Ridder. The Greek Revival building was conceived by Pennoyer and decorated by Ridder.

ARCHITECT: Peter Pennoyer

DESIGNER: Katie Ridder

PHOTOGRAPHER: Pieter Estersohn

The Virginia library of jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke is painted in a vibrant shade of green.






“I like you in green,’ he said. ‘You look as if you’re a very beautiful imp.’
― Sara Sheridan, British Bulldog

Rainer Fetting (German, b. 1949), Große Welle [Big Wave], 2011. 

Oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm.

A palette of yellow ocher and green prevails in the living room of a Saint Croix home, as throughout. The painting is by Dennis Joel.

OSIPOV, SERGEI – Pskov Kremlin Wall

Les Frères Allot from France


“Happiness is an undercurrent of sensitivity and leads a surreptitious life: it is an internal eventuality. We can feel it in stillness and it stands the test of time. Joy is an eruption of cheerful moments and we want to express it: it is an external eventuality. We might shout it out, as it conveys a dynamic of fleeting instants. Joy gives voice to “en-joy-ment”. (“The grass was greener over there”)” 
― Erik Pevernagie

Painted in a custom-blended Benjamin Moore green, the master bedroom of a Manhattan apartment is graced by a 19th-century French wallpaper panel; behind the bespoke Avery Boardman daybed hangs a circa-1940 William Malherbe portrait of the homeowner’s mother.

DESIGNER: John Yunis Ltd.

Yu Chengyao (Chinese, 1898-1993), Lush Mountains. 

Ink and colour on paper, 59.8 x 119.7 cm.

A balustraded portico welcomes visitors to the mansion at Castleton Lyons, the Kentucky horse farm of Ryanair founder Tony Ryan. “The grand Ionic columns affirm the importance of the Greek Revival structure,” says Tiggy Butler, who designed the interiors.

DESIGNER: Tiggy Butler


The Flowering Meadow

Alexander Koester

In the Manhattan duplex of interior designer Jean-Paul Beaujard, Minton garden stools stand before a gilt-wood sofa covered in a velvet from Stark; the armchair is by Jacob Frères.

DESIGNER: Jean-Paul Beaujard

PHOTOGRAPHER: Miguel Flores-Vianna


A doorway leading to the dining room is curtained with a velvet from Stark in designer Jean-Paul Beaujard’s Manhattan home.

DESIGNER: Jean-Paul Beaujard

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